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HP Launches Helion Rack for OpenStack Cloud Delivery

By Sean Michael Kerner (Send Email)
Posted March 25, 2015

In an extension of its overall cloud efforts HP has announced its Helion Rack, a pre-configured software and hardware solution for deploying an OpenStack cloud.

Ken Won, director HP Helion optimized cloud solutions, explained to ServerWatch that the starting configuration for Helion Rack includes HP Helion OpenStack, OpenStack - Rounded HP Helion Development Platform, (9) HP ProLiant DL 360 servers (for running HP Helion OpenStack, HP Helion Development Platform and compute servers) and (2) HP ProLiant DL 380 servers for storage and rack.

The Helion Rack offering is the first time HP has bundled servers with software to provide a converged integration platform.

In 2011, HP debuted its AppSystem approach that provided a converged application-focused server platform product. Won commented that AppSystem was designed as an integrated solution for supporting specific applications.

It included all the infrastructure (servers, storage and networking) required to support an application, configured specifically to support that application.

"HP Helion Rack is similar in some ways, but different in others," Won said.

Won noted that Helion Rack is similar to AppSystem in that includes all the servers, storage and networking required in a single offering. It's also similar in that Helion Rack has been architected, based on best practices, to meet the requirements for its intended use.

"It’s different in that AppSystem is architected to run a specific application," Won said. "HP Helion Rack is designed to provide a flexible infrastructure that can be repurposed to support any cloud native application."

Won explained that the use cases for HP Helion rack are: 1) accelerating development and testing for cloud-native applications; 2) enabling customers to develop and deploy cloud-native applications; and 3) supporting demanding cloud-native workloads that have specific performance, security or compliance requirements.

While Helion Rack is a new platform, HP customers could have potentially also chosen to run OpenStack on a whitebox server platform. Won said that the Helion Rack offers customers a number of important advantages over that alternative, including the ability to get a private cloud running faster since it is built it in the HP factory.

"We don't use a special version of OpenStack or the HP ProLiant servers," Won said. "This is based on our standard product offerings."

Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at ServerWatch and InternetNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist.

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